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Celebrating One of America's First Street Car Suburbs
Young Boaters in Chevy Chase Lake
Celebrating One of America's First Street Car Suburbs
Celebrating One of America's First Street Car Suburbs
Thornapple Street Newspaper
Celebrating One of America's First Streetcar Suburbs
Chevy Chase Reservoir Hike September 3, 1916
Celebrating One of America's First Streetcar Suburbs
Chevy Chase Maryland Man and Woman on horseback with dogs riding to Fox Hunt
Celebrating One of America's First Streetcar Suburbs
Thomas Fisher Map of Chevy Chase
Celebrating One of America's First Streetcar Suburbs
Chevy Chase Streetcar
Celebrating One of America's First Streetcar Suburbs
Chevy Chase Fourth of July Parade with Isiah Leggett
Celebrating One of America's First Streetcar Suburbs
 Celebrating One of America's First Streetcar Suburbs

Welcome

In 1890, a new kind of neighborhood began to take shape on former farmland at the edge of Washington, D.C. The modern planned community of Chevy Chase, Maryland was designed to take advantage of a revolutionary mode of rapid transit: the streetcar. This electric-powered conveyance made commuting from a home in the country to work in the nation’s capital fast, easy and convenient. Residents of Chevy Chase enjoyed the best of both worlds – and they made the most of each! 

Today’s residents and members of the Chevy Chase Historical Society protect and treasure the character of their community while they welcome the best aspects of the future. We welcome you to join us – and to explore our history.


 

Visit the CCHS Archive & Research Center
in our New Location!

After calling the Chevy Chase Library home for more than 15 years, the CCHS Archive and Research Center has moved to a larger space at 8401 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 1010 in historic Chevy Chase Lake.  Drop by without an appointment on Tuesdays, between 10am and noon or 1pm and 3pm. Or call and make an appointment.

  New Reading Room at the Chevy Chase Historical Society
       

 

History-Go-Round Tours: April 14 and 15
“The History and the Mystery of Chevy Chase Lake"

Both Tours were sold out, but if you missed them,
we plan to offer the tour again in Fall 2018.

Watch this Space! 

 
 

 

In 1892 Cocquelin Run, a tributary of Rock Creek, was dammed to create a lake next to the power house which produced electricity for the Rock Creek Railway line on Connecticut Avenue. The trolley carried residents of the new suburb to their jobs in downtown Washington. But the lake was much more than an industrial pond -- on its banks was the Chevy Chase Lake Amusement Park. Operating from 1894 to 1936, the park was intended to draw prospective land and home buyers to the Chevy Chase Land Company's new suburban development. With picnic areas, boating, a bandstand, dancing pavilions, a merry-go-round, and other amusements, it was open from late spring through early fall.

 

 

        

CCHS Spring Lecture 2018 now available
on the CCHS YouTube Channel 

Author and architectural historian, Clare Lise Kelly gave an illustrated lecture, “Montgomery Modern: The Spirit of Post-War Architecture.” 

 

 
 

 


 

CCHS Fall Lecture 2016 now available
on the CCHS YouTube Channel 

Longtime Bethesda resident and journalist Steve Roberts gave an illustrated lecture, “A Tale of Two Suburbs: Bethesda and Chevy Chase.” 

To purchase Steve Roberts' book, please visit our online store

 
 

We are deeply grateful to the Sponsors of the
Chevy Chase Historical Society Gala, held on April 29, 2018

For the complete list of the 2018 CCHS Annual Gala Sponsors and Friends, please click HERE.

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The Chevy Chase Historical Society is supported in part by a grant from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County